Scouting St. Mary's vs Oak Park

In a close battle that went down to the final plays, Oak Park held on to beat Orchard Lake St. Mary's 25-20 in the Detroit Prep Kickoff Classic. We had a chance to see several future college players in this matchup. Here is a look at who stood out.


Junior running back John Kelly had a great game, rushing for 145 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. He's very balanced, breaks and spins out of a lot of tackles and runs with determination for a guy who isn't real big. He has solid speed and burst and also did a nice job defensively, breaking up a pass late in the game to help preserve the victory. He has offers from Michigan State and Western Michigan, continued performances like this one and there wil be others.

Junior lineman Shahid Bellamy did a nice job on both sides of the ball. He could be a guard or defensive tackle in college. He was active and made a couple of nice stuffs on defense. The 6'3, 265-pound prospect looks like a D1 guy.


Michigan State commit Jalen Watts-Jackson is smooth and a good athlete. He made a couple of great grabs on offense, showing good athleticism and ball skills. He has to get stronger and that will help him in run support, but I like his length and he's a good solid football player.

Tyson Smith, a highly regarded junior corner prospect, spent much of the day at quarterback. While he's not a collegiate quarterback prospect, he moved to receiver later and showed his athletic ability. He made a couple of nice grabs. He's a nice sized corner with good tools.

Freshman linebacker Josh Ross is a future big timer. He's already 6'1, 200-pounds and quick. He read things fast for a young kid and does a great job of coming forward and taking on contact. He's long and looks like he's going to get taller. Unlike brother James, a middle backer at Michigan, he may end up outside depending on how his body develops, but there is no doubting he is a special talent. Sophomore Daelin Hayes is an impressive physical specimen and started off the game nicely at tailback, but he was injured and missed the rest of the game and was seen in a sling.

I liked a couple of other kids, junior Ross Moore made a great grab late in the game and had some nice plays on defense. Junior defensive back Lamon Mathison has nice size (6'0, 175) and is one to watch. Senior Mark Zanders was the MVP for the Eaglets and regularly made plays on both sides of the ball.


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